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The UFC call: Aljamain Sterling

Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling is seen during a training

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Where people are and what they do in the immediate moment of receiving big news is always interesting to learn about, which is why I always ask that question.

Since this particular space of the vast Internet concerns itself with mixed martial arts, from time to time, we'll take a look at how MMA fighters say they reacted when they got the call telling them their next fight would be in the...

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Thinking about UFC 168 . . .

Miesha Tate gestures to Ronda Rousey during the

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LAS VEGAS -- As I watch the sun rise up from the mountains in the desert from my hotel room, I'm reminded that it is a new day, which means more time to process all the things seen at UFC 168 several hours ago.

Here are of the thoughts I'm generating at the moment after watching a series of fights that stirred up more than $6.2 million in gate revenue for the UFC:

-- Miesha Tate vs....

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Things to watch for at UFC 168

Uriah Hall, left, defeated Dylan Andrews in the

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LAS VEGAS -- Some thoughts about what to look for at UFC 168 on Saturday night (besides just the punching and the kicking and the grappling):

-- How does Uriah Hall respond after two losses and that "He's not a fighter" quote by UFC president Dana White from the last time he fought? That should be quite interesting to watch unfold against Chris Leben.

-- Can Miesha Tate push...

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LI's Al Iaquinta has new opponent for UFC Fight Night

Al Iaquinta of Wantagh will be a contestant

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Last week, Wantagh's Al Iaquinta was tabbed to replace the injured Paul Taylor in a fight against Anthony Njokuani scheduled for UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England, next month.

This week, it is Njokuani who had to pull out of the fight with an injury.

Iaquinta, a Team Serra-Longo fighter, will now face Piotr Hallman in a lightweight bout that same night.

Iaquinta (6-2-1,...

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Jon Jones, Alex Rodriguez and the first pitch

UFC fighter Jon Jones throws out the first

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Jon Jones is better suited keeping his strikes inside the cage. His first pitch at the Blue Jays-Yankees game on Tuesday was a smidge or two out of the strike zone.

But at least he reached the plate, and did so from the mound, two things many celebrity first-pitch throwers rarely do.

Jones, who is in Toronto to defend his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165,...

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Uriah Hall on training with Lyoto Machida

Uriah Hall, an MMA fighter from Manhattan.

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Most people don't use the word "fun" to describe voluntarily walking into a combat session with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Of course, Manhattan's Uriah Hall is not like most people.

Hall, a finalist on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter," left Tiger Schulmann's MMA in New Jersey to train with Reign MMA in California for his fight this Saturday...

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Watch the Holly Holm headkick KO

Holly Holm, background, knocks out Allanna Jones with

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In May, Allanna Jones was the opponent of Fallon Fox, the first known transgender MMA fighter.

In July, Allanna Jones was the recipient of a perfectly placed headkick by former boxer Holly Holm and got herself knocked out at Legacy FC 21.

Below is the full fight video, with the highlight headkick coming in around the 9:08 mark.

(Newsday's app users can watch the video at...

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Uriah Hall to fight Nick Ring at UFC on Fox Sports 1 debut card

Uriah Hall, from Queens, is a contestant on

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Uriah Hall burst onto the scene with a pair on monstrous knockouts on the 17th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" only to fall short in the finale with a somewhat flat performance against Kelvin Gastelum.

Now, the Manhattan-based, Queens-raised, Jamaica-born MMA fighter gets another opportunity to show what he can do inside the octagon when he fights Nick Ring on Aug. 17 in Boston....

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Poll results: Uriah Hall will last

Uriah Hall, an MMA fighter from Manhattan.

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Time for the results of our last Fightin' Words reader poll. As usual, the typical disclaimer: These results are about as scientific as that sock you found under the bed after two years.

Who will have the more successful UFC career?

78% -- Uriah Hall

22% -- Kelvin Gastelum

(Note: This question was posed after Gastelum upset Hall to win Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter.")...

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TUF Finale weigh-in interviews: Uriah Hall, Kelvin Gastelum

TUF 17 finalist Kelvin Gastelum.

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Hear from Season 17 "Ultimate Fighter" finalsts Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum after weigh-ins in the video embedded below.

The two will fight Saturday night at 9 p.m. on FX.

Newsday's app users can watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKPGs_qegSA&list=UUEQafBcFZq5id7E63yR47nw&index=2&noredirect=1...

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